The North American Freight Forum provides an unprecedented opportunity for freight transportation professionals and other stakeholders to foster a new era of efficient supply chains and sustainable infrastructure.

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Why is this needed?
Our supply chains are unorganized. The truth is, neither marketplace dynamics nor vested interest lobbying lead to smart supply chains. For North America’s future prosperity, they must be reconceived with a long-term vision.

The problem is not a lack of intelligence—there are many intelligent individuals in industry, government, and the community. What we have been lacking are the effective forums and methods for gathering that intelligence into smart policy, programs, and marketplace improvements.

How will the Freight Forum work?
A facilitated, inquiry-based dialogue called IntelliConference brings stakeholders together, online, asynchronously (meaning stakeholders participate in accordance with their own daily availability). Protecting the integrity of the group dialogue process is an integral IntelliConference design feature. All participants have an equal voice, which can only be enhanced by the logic and efficacy of one’s contribution to the dialogue. No vested interest perspective can dominate the interactions.

What issues will be discussed?
As each is underwritten, The North American Freight Forum will provide its guidance and collaborative platform to the issues that currently inhibit efficiency and sustainability in the movement of land freight on the North American continent.

The following initial issue areas have been identified in concert with our industry and governmental colleagues. As of this writing these IntelliConferences are in pre-production and open to stakeholders who communicate interest.

          1. Rail / Trucking Coordination
          2. Rail Regulatory Excellence
          3. Trucking Regulatory Excellence
          4. Port Container Logistics
          5. Future Modes of Power
          6. Supply Chain Infrastructure Planning
          7. Growing Freight Rail
          8. Rail Management / Rail Labor Relations

 

Note: These IntelliConferences and others will be hosted on a dedicated North American Freight Forum website by March 31, 2021. See this page for updates.

Participation:
The five Freight Forum participation roles:

          • INTELLICONFERENCE PARTICIPANT: Each IntelliConference convenes for a set period of time and requires a commitment of less than two hours a week.
          • BACKGROUND BUILDER: Provide research and experiential knowledge to prepare stakeholders for exploration of Freight Forum issues and opportunities.
          • FACILITATOR: Aids IntelliConference process by reading and organizing stakeholder IntelliConference input.
          • SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Shares expertise on an as-needed basis during an to help stakeholders work through complex problems/systems.
          • SPONSOR: Contribute financially as a member or sponsor of the Freight Forum or a specific IntelliConference.

How Does A Freight Forum IntelliConference Tackle Complex Issues?

An Example: “Reinventing Port Container Logistics”

PROBLEM:

“The alarms are sounding loud and clear. It’s time to discuss and address the growing chaos and systemic inefficiencies associated with the transportation of containerized cargo within the United States.”

– Randy Carpenter, President, Cargo Flow Solutions

CORE QUESTION: What improvements can stakeholders identify for moving containers in and out of ports with the least environmental and community impact, while improving efficiencies that provide growth and sustainability to business? … read more about “Reinventing Port Container Logistics”.

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